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TT Battle: Felipe Anderson vs Gerard Deulofeu

West Ham made it four wins on the bounce heading into their Premier League encounter versus Watford at the London Stadium on Saturday after they beat Fulham 2-0.

Robert Snodgrass was again on the scoresheet as his revival continues, while Michail Antonio was also able to find the back of the net on the day in what was a very mature performance by Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

On top of the Hammers’ two recent goalscorers, Felipe Anderson impressed, too, and is almost certain to cause Watford problems when they make the trip to east London.

As for the Hornets, who got back to winning ways following their 3-2 win over Cardiff City, Gerard Deulofeu will be just one player in the squad able to hurt West Ham going the other way.

Felipe Anderson

The highest profile signing of West Ham’s very productive summer transfer window, Anderson has burst into life in recent weeks after a slow start at the London Stadium.

With talisman Marko Arnautovic struggling for fitness, alongside Javier Hernandez, Anderson has really stepped up by both scoring and creating goals for his side.

From the left-hand side with his pace, skilful dribbling and clever little passes in behind, the Brazilian is proving to be too much for opposition defenders as he continues to justify the Hammers’ decision to fork out on him.

In this moment of time, Anderson might just be the best player outside of the top six and should only get better once he fully acclimatises to the demands of the Premier League.

TT Grade: A-

Gerard Deulofeu

After years of moving from team to team largely due to his former club Barcelona not really having a plan for him, Deulofeu finally looks settled at Watford under manager Javi Gracia.

In attack, in terms of what he can do on the ball, after Roberto Pereyra, the 24-year-old is probably the Hornets most dangerous player.

He is quick, can dribble, beat players on either the inside or outside and is extremely versatile.

Considering that, Deulofeu should perhaps be scoring more goals at Vicarage Road with the Spaniard’s goal-scoring record across his entire senior career not being the greatest.

But nevertheless, at the £11.5m (BBC Sport) Gino Pozzo paid for the Spain international, he has been a shrewd acquisition to Gracia’s squad.

TT Grade: B-

TT Verdict:

Looking at the two, Anderson and Deulofeu are quite clearly very technically gifted individuals.

However, comparing their impact in the final third, the former has a bit more quality and decisiveness about him.

Furthermore, David Gold and David Sullivan’s summer signing wins this battle between Premier League attackers.

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